Belgium’s journey in 2014 came to an end at this very stage when they were beaten by finalists Argentina so what is left to see is how far The Red Devils make it to this time. They are likely to cause more problems to Brazil than any has so far. Moreover, this FIFA World Cup has turned out to the tournament of the unexpected. Things happening that were never anticipated. Upsets is the flavour of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
The time has come to finally settle the debate after all these years!— FlFA World Cup (@WorIdCupFC) July 2, 2018
🇧🇷 Brazil vs Belgium 🇧🇪
🇧🇷 Neymar vs Hazard 🇧🇪
Who's a better player?
RT for Neymar ♻️️
Like for Hazard ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ukI8K7wVAi
With most of Brazil’s major rivals like Argentina, Germany and Spain already out of the World Cup, this is a golden opportunity for Brazil to clinch a sixth FIFA World Cup if they manage to get past Belgium’s golden generation of players. But most of the rivals have been knocked out by unexpected teams such as Germany losing 1-0 to Mexico and 2-0 to South Korea and Spain shown the door by hosts Russia on penalties.
😱 Things that have happened at 2018 #WorldCup for 1st time since 1966:— SPORF (@Sporf) July 4, 2018
🏴 England score 4 goals in a game
🇷🇺 Russia win opening 2 group games
🇩🇪 England go further than Germany
🇧🇪 Belgium win from 2 nil down
🏆 It's Coming Home! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/EPBuAmeh9s
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Head-To-Head:This will be the fifth Brazil Vs Belgium match that the fans will be watching with Belgium winning the first in 1963 and losing the following three games. Their only previous encounter in a FIFA World Cup was in 2002 with Brazil winning 2-0 en route to winning the entire competition. The previous encounter between the two was 16 years ago back in 2002 when Brazil beat Belgium 2-0 goals coming from Rivaldo and Ronaldo.
Roberto Martinez stated :
Can Belgium avenge their 2002 round of 16 loss to Brazil? https://t.co/zkJpZRApaw— Sportskeeda Football (@SK_Football) July 5, 2018
“As a coach I have a lot of options with this team but I know in my head what I want to do. We will need power. If we show the same mentality as we did on Monday, we have a big chance.” “It’s a dream match for our players, they were born to play in a match like this. Naturally we want to win but we are not expected to and that is an important difference.”
Brazil:Brazil who have started to hit form eased past Mexico with a comfortable 2-0 win as Neymar came into the limelight with a goal and an assist. However the world’s most expensive player has come under huge criticism for going to ground easily to catch the attention of the referees. He was booked for dissent, saw a penalty overturned and was accused of diving against Mexico but hasn’t failed to deliver.
Brazil have the best defense in the World Cup right now but they must be well aware of their opposition who pose the best attacking threat out of all after having scored the most (12) goals so far. So, the Brazil Vs Belgium will be a thriller to watch. Marcelo who missed Brazil’s previous game has returned to training along with Douglas Costa. Gabriel Jesus who has failed to impress upfront is likely to be benched for Roberto Firmino who came off the bench to score Brazil’s second against Mexico. Also Casemiro is set to miss the Brazil Vs Belgium game after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against Mexico.
Brazil’s road to glory in 2002:— Brazil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrazilEdition) June 30, 2018
vs Turkey (2-1)
vs China (4-0)
vs Costa Rica (5-2)
vs Belgium (2-0)
vs England (2-1)
vs Turkey (1-0)
vs Germany (2-0) pic.twitter.com/7Napte6XYL
Brazil’s manager, Tite, has confirmed that Marcelo recovered from his back injury and will be a starter against Belgium in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. 🇧🇷🔥 pic.twitter.com/OPAyrNv7oY— SB (@Realmadridplace) July 5, 2018
Key Players:Neymar (Paris Saint German) One of the moat highlighted players of the World Cup so far, The Paris Saint German striker has 57 goals in 89 international appearances and has already managed two goals and two assists in 4 games. Aware of his talent, he has so far not failed to deliver for Brazil but has often come into criticism for rolling on the ground by slightest of fouls to gain the attention of referees. It is time for him to leave his antics aside and make the stage his own to lead his nation to glory in the Brazil Vs Belgium clash.
Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) Capable of surprising the world with his individual brilliance, the Barcelona man won back to back Man of the Match awards in this World Cup for his brilliant performances and has scored twice and assisted one in that time. He always seems to have something in his locker to deliver when the team fails to create. Brazil will need his quality on the ball to break a strong Belgium defense in the Brazil Vs Belgium clash.
Neymar training hard for Brazil's quarter-final against Belgium! 🤣🏊 pic.twitter.com/c8udzfO0Nl— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) July 5, 2018
🗣 | Roberto Carlos (ex-Brazil):"Coutinho is in a very good moment, at Barca and at the Brazilian team. He's a very important player for Brazil because the pressure is all on Neymar, then Coutinho shows up. Brazil have a very strong chance to win this World Cup." pic.twitter.com/sKPKQrt5Ro— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) July 1, 2018
Predicted Line-Up:Formation: 4-1-4-1 Alisson – Marcelo, Miranda, Thiago Silva, Fagner – Fernandinho – Neymar, Coutinho, Paulinho, Willian – Roberto Firmino
Belgium:Belgium’s comeback of the tournament so far did not go unnoticed as they came from 2-0 down to score a stoppage time winner and hand Japan the exit with a 3-2 win but their struggles in midfield was clearly evident as well. Kevin De Bruyne who has been deployed in a deeper role did not come to action until the very end and Belgium needed a physical edge by bringing the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli over Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco.
Key Players:Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) Deployed in a deeper role for Belgium by Roberto Martinez, the Manchester City man has not particularly stepped up to his best but his creativity with the ball and vision can not be ignored as was evident in the latter stages of the game against Japan when he was playing in an advanced role and set up the final counter-attack only for Chadli to net the winner. He is capable of producing magic from his feet at any moment of the game so he will have a key part to play if Belgium are to overcome Brazil.
Kevin de Bruyne in a deep-lying midfield "Regista" role, provides him the time, space & options to exercise his multidimensional qualities; break the lines on the ground, switch the play in the air, or transport the ball himself. Belgium a side to fear! pic.twitter.com/soSkPSRi2R— coachdogge (@coachdogge) June 9, 2018